The Living Well Foundation’s Vascular Screening Program

The Living Well Foundation’s vascular screening program is a no cost community focused service. The Foundation promotes and is thoroughly committed to health wellness and vascular disease prevention for the communities throughout the Fox Valley. The committed passion and purpose of the screening is a preventative measure for individuals asymptomatic of possible unknown vascular disease. This dedicated screening should be considered an important supplement to ones regimented healthcare plan.

The contributing risk factors regarding vascular disease may include:

  1. Previous or current tobacco use
  2. Family history
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Diabetes
  5. Age ( 55+)
  6. Diet
  7. Environment

Who we are:

The Living Well vascular screening program is staffed with practicing professional volunteers. The Physician team overseeing and reporting your results are professional practicing board registered Medical Doctors with years of specialized training in various radiology modalities including Ultrasound-X-ray-MRI-C.T.-Interventional procedures-Neuro-imaging-and specific vascular disciplines.

The Ultrasound team are practicing sonographers multi-registered, by the highest standards, through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or ARDMS. Both the physicians and sonographers are hospital based imaging professionals with decades of imaging and healthcare experience working on a volunteer basis.

 

What you will experience:

The screening process will require you to make an appointment at the determined location, sign consent and release forms. No written report will be issued. A verbal result will be given by the attending physician upon completion of screening exams. If there are concerns with any of the screening exams the physician will guide and refer you back to your primary physician for needed follow-up.

Your appointment time is here: The technologist will call in and explain the screening process and exams.

 

1. The Carotid Screening:

The sonographer will assist you to the exam table and have you lie down. Ultrasound gel will be applied to your neck area and the technologist will move a transducer (our camera so to speak) over both the RT and Lt Carotid arteries. This will allow the physician to visualize real-time the structure and integrity of the neck arteries to observing for plaque or arterial narrowing. Approximately 5-10 minutes.

2. Abdominal Aorta Screening:

The sonographer will ask you to lift your shirt up to expose your abdomen. Ultrasound gel will be applied and the transducer moved up and down your abdomen over your aortic vessel. This portion of the test checks for enlargement of the abdominal aorta. The physician will report the results of the Carotid and Aortic exam as this portion is completed.

3. Ankle-Brachial Indices Exam:

The ABI exam will assess for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The technologist will assist you in removing your socks, shoes and rolling up your shirt sleeves. (Please attempt to wear short sleeves or loose fitting long sleeves the pressure cuff wraps around your upper arm). The sonographer will wrap inflatable cuffs to your upper arm and around both ankles. Each pressure cuff will be inflated while the technologist listens with a small transducer for arterial sounds post inflation. The physician will evaluate the acquired data from the ABI unit and verbal results of the test given. The technologist will assist you putting your socks and shoes back on. This will complete the vascular screening. Questions you might have will be answered by the physician.



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